Storms Thursday September 5 dropped about a half inch of rain on the Gold Pan Complex of forest fires and allowed the Magruder Corridor to reopen.

The road passes through the wilderness and connects the West Fork of the Bitterroot Valley in Montana with Elk City and Dixie, Idaho. The Gold Pan Complex of fires, at its height, burned on both sides of the road as it moved north and east through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Tod McKay, Bitterroot National Forest Public Affairs Officer, said the road had only been open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but the cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped officials decide to open the route.

He urged motorists to read the "travel advisory" information and be aware of fire hazards such as rolling rocks and debris, limited visibility due to smoke and flash flooding and mud flows. the advisory flyer is available at any Bitterroot National Forest office.